Linguistic Diversity (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
180
Utgivningsdatum
1999-04-01
Förlag
OUP Oxford
Medarbetare
Nettleton, D. H.
Illustratör/Fotograf
numerous graphs
Illustrationer
M.
Dimensioner
234 x 155 x 10 mm
Vikt
260 g
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
49:B&W 6.14 x 9.21 in or 234 x 156 mm (Royal 8vo) Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam
ISBN
9780198238577
Linguistic Diversity (häftad)

Linguistic Diversity

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There are some 6,500 different languages in the world; they belong to around 250 distinct families and conform to numerous grammatical types. This book investigates why diversity arose, how it relates to the origins and evolution of language and culture, and whether the uneven distribution of human languages may be linked with patterns of human geography and history. Daniel Nettle draws on work in anthropology, linguistics, geography, archaeology, and evolutionary
science to explain linguistic diversity. He writes clearly and accessibly: his book will appeal broadly across the human and natural sciences, as well as to the informed general reader.
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    Erik Elvers, 18 april 2014

    Författaren tar upp olika skäl till att språk utvecklas åt skilda håll och redovisar utfallet av datorsimuleringar han genomfört, och även hur väl antal språk i olika länder (beroende variabel) följer skattade värden enligt olika modeller där de påverkande eller oberoende variabler är t ex antal invånare och växtsäsong (skäl för valet av den sistnämnda variabeln ges i boken). Även om de valda modellerna alltså motiveras och anpassningen är hyfsat god känner jag mig ännu litet fundersam inför ... Läs hela recensionen

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The Journal of The Royal Anthropological Institute This volume represents the synthesis of a bewildering amount of information and theory in numerous disciplines.


TREE A panopoly of possible microprocesses of language variation are explored painstakingly and with great ingenuity by the author ... This book is a mine of geolinguistic and sociolinguistic data, presented in a plain and captivating style.


Journal of Linguistics ... a valuable contribution to our understanding of how and why languages have changed over time.


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1. Introduction; 1.1 Preamble; 1.2 The Family Tree Model; 1.3 The Linguistic Item and Linguistic Pool; 1.4 Levels and Diversity in the Linguistic Pool; 1.5 Justification, Disguised as Apology; 1.6 The Need for an Interdisciplinary Approach; 2. Language Evolution: Basic Mechanisms; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 The Neutral Model; 2.3 Problems with the Neutral Model; 2.4 Additional Amplifiers; 2.5 Summary and Conclusions; 3. Language Evolution: Computer Simulations; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 The Use of Computer Simulations; 3.3 Methods; 3.4 Basic Results; 3.5 More Realistic Social Structures; 3.6 Social Selection; 3.7 Functional Selection; 3.8 Discrete Traits; 3.9 Discussion; 3.10 Adaptive Significance of Social Selection; 4. Language Diversity: Patterns in Space; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Quantifying Language Diversity; 4.3 Vectors of Language Spread; 4.4 Case Studies; 4.5 Ecological Risk as a Universal Constraint; 4.6 Testing the Theory: Methods; 4.7 Testing the Theory: Results; 4.8 Hunter-gatherers; 4.9 Conclusions; 5. Language Diversity: Changes in Time; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 The Palaeolithic Equilibrium; 5.3 The Neolithic Punctuation; 5.4 The Neolithic Aftershock; 5.5 The Industrial Punctuation; 5.6 Prospect; 6. Phylogenetic Diversity; 6.1 Introduction; 6.2 Lineages and Stocks; 6.3 The Distribution of Stocks; 6.4 Stocks and Time: Nichol's Model; 6.5 Stocks and Time: An Alternative Model; 6.6 Validating the Model; 6.7 Conclusions; 7. Structural Diversity; 7.1 Introduction; 7.2 Causes of Structural Diversity; 7.3 Geographical Distribution of Structural Diversity; 7.4 Case Study: Phonological Inventory and the Lexicon; 7.5 Conclusions; Epilogue; Appendix - Global Language Diversity Data